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American Megatrends Excalibur PCI User's Manual

American megatrends excalibur pci motherboards: user guide.

 
MAN-701
5/1/94
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Excalibur PCI Pentium
ISA Motherboard
User's Guide

Summary of Contents

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    Limited Warranty Buyer agrees if this product proves to be defective, that American Megatrends, Inc. is only obligated to replace or refund the purchase price of this product at American Megatrend's discretion according to the terms and conditions on the motherboard warranty card. American Megatrends shall not be liable in tort or contract for any loss or damage, direct, incidental or consequential.

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    Intel, Pentium, and Overdrive are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. MS-DOS, Xenix, Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. SMC is a registered trademark of SMC Corporation. IBM, AT, VGA, PS/2, OS/2, and EGA are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. XT and CGA are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Fujitsu is a registered trademark of Fujitsu America, Inc.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Power Management Setup ... 70 Peripheral Setup ... 71 Section 2 Utility ... 75 Section 3 Security ... 77 Section 4 Default ... 81 Appendix A Flash EPROM Programming ... 83 Index ... 91 Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    This manual was written for the OEM to assist in the proper installation and operation of this motherboard. This manual describes the specifications and features of the Excalibur PCI motherboard. It explains how to assemble a system based on the Excalibur PCI motherboard and how to use the AMIBIOS that is specifically designed for this motherboard.

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    Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 6: Chapter 1 System Overview, Chapter 2 Pci Local Bus

    Chapter 1 System Overview The American Megatrends Excalibur PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) baby AT-size PCI ISA motherboard that supports a Pentium® CPU. This motherboard has three PCI Local Bus expansion slots (two can be used for bus mastering PCI adapter cards) and four ISA expansion slots.

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    Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    PCI is a common I/O component interface. The Excalibur PCI Motherboard conforms to the Intel PCI specifications. The PCI Local Bus Specification is a standard set of interface, architecture, timings, electrical, and physical specifications that permits all PCI Local Bus products to be totally interchangeable.

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    (master - 47; slave - 45), • has address and data parity, and • uses three physical address spaces: 32-bit memory, 32-bit I/O, and a 256 byte-per-agent configuration space. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    PCI, Continued PCI Diagram A typical PCI motherboard system block diagram follows. Buffered Reads and Writes The PCI Controller buffers reads and writes between the memory/CPU and PCI peripheral devices. PCI Component Classes PCI components must be one of three classes: bus master, slave, or master/slave combination. Bus Mastering PCI devices can be bus masters, slaves, or a combination of bus master and slave.

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    I/O support. Using PCI Adapter Cards The American Megatrends Excalibur PCI motherboard has three PCI expansion slots. The PCI expansion slots can accept any adapter card that complies with the PCI Revision 2.0 specification. P16 (Slot1), P17 (Slot2) are bus master PCI slots.

  • Page 12

    Motherboard Frequency The Excalibur PCI motherboard operates at either High or Low speed. High speed is the same as the speed of the CPU mounted on the motherboard. Low speed is approximately the same speed as that of an 8 MHz IBM® AT. Low speed is achieved by emulation.

  • Page 13: Chapter 3 Specifications

    The Excalibur PCI motherboard can have two, four, or six x 36 SIMMs in six SIMM sockets. The Excalibur PCI motherboard supports 256 KB x 36, 1 MB x 36, and 4 MB x 36 single-sided SIMMs and 512 KB x 36, 2 MB x 36, and 8 MB x 36 double-sided SIMMs.

  • Page 14

    The Excalibur PCI motherboard has four ISA expansion slots operating at 7.5 MHz. Mouse The Excalibur PCI motherboard supports a PS/2- compatible mouse interface through a 10-pin dual-inline connector. Keyboard The standard Excalibur PCI motherboard has a five-pin DIN keyboard connector.

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    Continued Excalibur PCI Motherboard Dimensions The Excalibur PCI motherboard is approximately 8.5 inches wide by 13 inches long (the standard Baby AT® size with similar mounting hole locations). The following graphic shows the dimensions and height restrictions. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 16

    Onboard I/O Universal Peripheral Controller The Excalibur PCI motherboard has an SMC FDC37C665 Universal Peripheral Controller that supports up to two floppy drives (360 KB, 1.2 MB, 720 KB, 1.44 MB, or 2.88 MB), two serial ports (using National Semiconductor 16C550s), and one parallel port with ECP (Extended Capabilities Port) and EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port) capability.

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    Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 18: Chapter 4 Installation

    Chapter 4 Installation Unpacking the Motherboard Chapter 4 Installation Step Action Inspect the cardboard carton for obvious damage. If damaged, call Technical Support at 404-246-8600. Leave the motherboard in its original packing. Perform all unpacking and installation procedures on a ground-connected anti-static mat.

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    Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 20: Step 1 Set Switches And Jumpers

    This motherboard contains sensitive electronic components which can be easily damaged by static electricity. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure correct installation and to avoid static damage. Step 1 Set Switches and Jumpers Set all user-configurable jumpers and switches before installing the motherboard in the chassis. There are two user-configurable switches and two jumpers: Multipurpose switch Parallel Port IRQ Select...

  • Page 21

    Switch position 2 controls the type of caching algorithm used internally by the Pentium CPU. SW1 Switch 3 Reprogram Flash ROM Set SW1 switch 3 ON only when American Megatrends has sent you a floppy disk with a new ROM file to reprogram the Flash EPROM.

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    SW1 Switch 4 Manufacturing Test SW1 switch 4 is OFF. Do not change this switch position. SW1 Switch 5 and Switch 6 SW1 switches 5 and 6 are not used. SW1 Switch 8 PCI IDE Support SW1 switch 8 must be set if a PCI IDE adapter card that requires IRQ14 is installed in PCI expansion Slot 1. PCI Adapter Card in SLot 1 A PCI IDE Adapter Card is in PCI Slot 1.

  • Page 23

    The AMIBIOS system password feature and AMIBIOS Power Management feature must be enabled before the Password LED will blink when the correct system password must be entered by the end user. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued J3 Pin Setting...

  • Page 24: Step 2 Install System Memory

    One x 36 SIMM package is the equivalent of four x 9 SIMM packages. You can use 256 KB x 36, 512 KB x 36, 1 MB x 36, 2 MB x 36, 4 MB x 36, or 8 MB x 36 bit SIMMs. The Excalibur PCI motherboard uses fast page mode SIMMs operating at 70 ns (RAS access time).

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    8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued BANK2 BANK3 None None None...

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    BANK1 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 8 MB x 36...

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    Step 2 Install System Memory, DRAM Memory Parameters SIMM Part Numbers Type 256 KB x 36 512 KB x 36 1 MB x 36 2 MB x 36 4 MB x 36 8 MB x 36 Chapter 4 Installation Continued Parameter Specification Page Mode...

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    640K and 1024K can be used to shadow the video, system, and other adapter BIOS. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued Normally, the x 36 SIMMs look like this:...

  • Page 30: Step 3 Install The Motherboard

    Step 3 Install the Motherboard The mounting hole pattern on the motherboard is the same as the mounting hole pattern on most Baby AT-size boards. Standoffs and mounting screws are not supplied. Step Wear an anti-static wristband when performing this procedure. Place the chassis on an anti-static mat.

  • Page 31: Step 4 Connect The Power Supply

    The 6-pin connector with 3 red wires and 2 black wires is connected to P5 and the remaining 6-pin connector is connected to P2, as shown below. P7 is an auxiliary power supply connector. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Caution...

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    Step 4 Connect the Power Supply, Power Supply Connectors are Keyed The power connectors are keyed to prevent incorrect installation. The keys on the connector must be cut to fit on some power supplies, as shown below. P5 Pinout Chapter 4 Installation Continued Description Power Good (Orange wire)

  • Page 33: Step 5 Connect The Keyboard Cable

    The keyboard connector is a 5-pin DIN socket labeled KEYBRD and P3 on the motherboard. Attach a standard AT- compatible keyboard cable. A 5-pin DIN to 6-pin mini DIN converter is needed to connect a PS/2-type keyboard. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued...

  • Page 34: Step 6 Connect The Mouse Cable, Step 7 Connect Cables

    Step 6 Connect the Mouse Cable The mouse connector (P6) is a ten-pin dual-inline berg. Attach a standard serial cable from the mouse connector to a standard DB9 serial port connector mounted externally on the chassis. Pin 10 should be cut because it is not used. Step 7 Connect Cables When attaching chassis connectors to the motherboard, make sure you connect the correct connector end.

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    Password LED. The computer enters Sleep Mode immediately when the end user presses this switch. P21 Diag LED P21 is an LED mounted on the motherboard used when manufacturing diagnostic tests are running. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Step 7 Connect Cables, Continued P29 IDE LED P29 is a four-pin berg that can be attached via a cable to an LED that is lit when IDE hard disk drive activity occurs. Pins 1 and 4 are anode. Pins 2 and 3 are cathodes. The LED can be between Pins 1 and 2 or Pins 3 and 4. P27 Turbo LED P27 is a two-pin berg that is attached via a cable to the externally-mounted Turbo LED.

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    LED power Ground Keyboard lock Ground The front panel LED flashes if the system AMIBIOS Low Power Mode feature is enabled and Pins 1-2 of J4 are shorted. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Description...

  • Page 38: Step 8 Connect Onboard I/o

    Onboard Serial Ports, Parallel Port, Floppy, and IDE The Excalibur PCI motherboard has two serial ports (P14 and P10), a parallel port (P8), an IDE connector (P15), and a floppy connector (P11) onboard. The serial and parallel port connectors are described below, the IDE connector on page 53 and the floppy connector on page 51.

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    ISA serial port interface. The connector pinout is shown below. Pin 1 on the bergs is labeled “1". The wire leading to pin 1 on the cable usually has a colored stripe. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued If AMIBIOS...

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    Step 8 Connect Onboard I/O, Continued Attaching the Serial Port Cables Two serial port cables are supplied with the motherboard. Attach the cables to P14 and P10 and to the external serial port connectors on the chassis as shown below. See the drawing on page 19 for the P14 and P10 location. Chapter 4 Installation...

  • Page 41

    P5 is a 26-pin dual-inline berg. The parallel port is bidirectional. A 26-pin double-row ribbon cable connects P5 and a female 25-pin D-sub connector on the chassis, shown above. The P5 pinout is: Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued...

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    Step 8 Connect Onboard I/O, P13 Green PC Monitor Connector Attach a 10-wire 10 to 26-pin flat cable to P13, the Green PC monitor connector. The 26-pin end must be connected to the VGA adapter card feature connector. After the timeout specified in Power Management Setup, the motherboard drives the SYNC ENABLE, HSYNC, and VSYNC signals Low through open collector outputs.

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    The motherboard supports up to two 720 KB, 1.44 MB, 2.88 MB 3½" drives and/or 360 KB and 1.2 MB 5¼" floppy drives. The 34-pin ribbon attaches to P11 and the drives. The cable has a small twist between the floppy connectors. The end connector is connected to floppy drive A:. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 44: Step 9 Install Floppy Drive

    Step 9 Install Floppy Drive, P11 Floppy Connector Pinout Twist in Floppy Cable Floppy B to A 10 to 16 11 to 15 Chapter 4 Installation Continued Floppy B to A Floppy B to A 12 to 14 14 to 12 13 to 13 15 to 11 RPM/LC...

  • Page 45: Step 10 Install Hard Disk

    The IDE hard disk drive connector is P15, a 40-pin dual-inline berg. Attach the 40-wire IDE ribbon cable from the IDE drive to P15. The onboard IDE controller is on the PCI bus for higher performance. The P15 pinout is: Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide -RESET DATA7...

  • Page 46

    The Excalibur PCI Pentium motherboard provides full compatibility with all IBM XT and AT-compatible adapter cards via four ISA (AT-compatible) expansion slots. The Excalibur PCI Pentium motherboard also has three PCI Local Bus expansion slots. A summary of the slots follows.

  • Page 47: Step 11 Install Adapter Cards

    Step 11 Install Adapter Cards, 8-Bit ISA Slot Pinout Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued IOCHCK- SD07 RSTDRV SD06 SD05 IRQ9 SD04 SD03 DREQ2 SD02 SD01 OWS- SD00 IOCHRDY SMEMW- SA19 SMEMR- SA18 IOW- SA17 IOR- SA16 DACK3-...

  • Page 48

    PCI Local Bus Pinout The first three expansion slots in the Excalibur PCI Pentium motherboard are for PCI Local Bus adapter cards, as shown on the graphic on page 19. The PCI bus master slots are P16 (Slot1) and P17 (Slot2). The PCI slave expansion slot is P18 (Slot3).

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    Step 11 Install Adapter Cards, PCI Local Bus Pinout, cont'd The 32-bit connector is from Pin 1 through Pin 62. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued 5V System Environment Side B -12V Ground INTB# INTD# PRSNT1# Reserved PRSNT2#...

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    Chapter 4 Installation 5V System Environment Side B C/BE[1]# AD[14] Ground AD[12] AD[10] Ground 5V Connector Key 5V Connector Key AD[08] AD[07] +3.3V AD[05] AD[03] Ground AD[01] +5V (I/O) ACK64# Side A AD[15] +3.3V AD[13] AD[11] Ground AD[09] C/BE[0]# +3.3V AD[06] AD[04] Ground...

  • Page 51: Step 12 Test And Configure

    Start the Test Plug everything in and turn on the switch. If there are any signs of a problem, turn off the unit immediately. Reinstall the connectors. Call American Megatrends Technical Support at 404-246-8600 if there are problems. AMIBIOS Errors If the system operates normally, a display should appear on the monitor.

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    Chapter 5 AMIBIOS POST...

  • Page 53: Chapter 5 Amibios Power-on Self Test, Beep Codes

    System Configuration Verification (compare defined configuration with there hardware actually installed). AMIBIOS Error Reporting The AMIBIOS performs diagnostic when the system is powered up. Error s are reported in one of two ways: Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide If... the error occurs before the a series of beeps sound.

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    Beep Codes Errors may occur during AMIBIOS POST (Power On Self Test). Fatal errors are communicated through a series of audible beeps. All errors except Beep Code 8 are fatal. Beeps Refresh Failure Parity Error Base 64 KB Memory Failure Timer Not Operational Processor error 8042 - Gate A20 Failure...

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    DMA #2 Error FDD Controller Failure HDD Controller Failure Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Explanation Gate A20 on the keyboard controller (8042) is not working. Replace the 8042. Error in the address decoding circuitry on the motherboard. No response from drive C:. Run the Hard Disk Utility.

  • Page 56: Amibios Displayed Error Messages

    AMIBIOS Displayed Error Messages, Error Message INTR #1 Error INTR #2 Error Invalid Boot Diskette Keyboard Is Locked...Unlock It Keyboard Error KB/Interface Error No ROM BASIC Off Board Parity Error Onboard Parity Error Parity Error ???? Chapter 5 AMIBIOS POST Continued Explanation Interrupt channel #1 has failed POST.

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    DMA Bus Time-out AMIBIOS Configuration Summary Screen AMIBIOS displays the following screen when the POST routines are successfully completed. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• • AMIBIOS System Configuration (C) Copyright 1985-1993 American Megatrends Inc.• •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• • Main Processor Pentium • Base Memory Size •...

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    When a problem occurs, freeze the screen by powering on the system and holding a key down, which causes a Keyboard Error message. Copy the BIOS Identification Strings and report this information to American Megatrends Technical Support. Press <F1> to continue.

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    AMIBIOS Features The AMIBIOS for the American Megatrends Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA motherboard has several features that can be accessed from the keyboard at any time. Keyboard Speed Switching You can increase the processor speed at any time by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><+>. Processor speed can be decreased by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><->.

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    Chapter 5 AMIBIOS POST...

  • Page 61: Chapter 6 Winbios Setup

    A New Type of System BIOS Setup Utility American Megatrends has now made available a new type of system BIOS Setup utility. WinBIOS Setup has a graphical user interface that permits mouse access, and is so compact that it can reside on the same ROM as the system BIOS.

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    Using a Mouse with WinBIOS Setup WinBIOS Setup has a built-in mouse driver and can be accessed by either a serial mouse or PS/2-style mouses. WinBIOS Setup supports Microsoft-Compatible serial mouses and all PS/2-type mouses. The mouse click functions are: single click to change or select both global and current fields and double clock to perform an operation in the selected field.

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    Section 3 beginning on page 79, has two icons that control AMIBIOS security features, and Default described in Section4 beginning on page 83, this section has three icons that permit you to select a group of settings for all AMIBIOS WinBIOS Setup options. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Chapter 6 WinBIOS Setup...

  • Page 65: Section 1 Setup, Standard Setup

    The Standard Setup screen follows. Date, Day and Time Configuration Select the Standard option. Select the Date and Time icon. The current values for each category are displayed. Enter new values through the keyboard. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Standard Setup Hard Disk C: Type Hard Disk D: Type Select one of these hard disk drive icons to configure the drive named in the option. A scrollable screen that lists all valid disk drive types is displayed. Select the correct type and press <Enter>. If the hard disk drive is an IDE drive, select Detect C: or Detect D: from the Utility section of the WinBIOS Setup main menu to have AMIBIOS automatically detect the IDE drive parameters and report them to this screen.

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    Standard Setup, Continued Hard Disk Drive Types Hard Disk Drive Types Type Cylinders Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Heads Write Landing Precompensation Zone 65535 65535 65535 65535 65535 65535 65535 65535 1024 1023 65535 65535 65535 1024 65535...

  • Page 68

    Standard Setup, Continued Using Auto Detect Hard Disk (Only for IDE Drives) If you select Detect C: or Detect D: from the Utility section of the WinBIOS Setup main menu, AMIBIOS automatically finds all IDE hard disk drive parameters. AMIBIOS places the hard disk drive parameters that it finds in the Drive C: Type or Drive D: Type fields in Standard Setup.

  • Page 69: Advanced Setup

    When this option is enabled, the BIOS memory test is performed on all system memory. When this option is disabled, the memory test is done only on the first 1 MB of system memory. The settings are Enabled or Disabled. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 70

    Advanced Setup, Continued Memory Test Tick Sound This option enables (turns on) or disables (turns off) the ticking sound during the memory test. The settings are Enabled or Disabled. Memory Parity Error Checking This option enables or disables parity error checking for system RAM. The settings are Enabled (all system RAM parity is checked) or Disabled (parity is checked only on the first 1 MB of system RAM).

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    The settings are Internal, Disabled, or Both. External Cache Mode This option selects the type of caching algorithm used by AMIBIOS and the computer for L2 (external) secondary cache memory. The settings are Wr-Thru or Wr-Back. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 72

    Advanced Setup, Continued Password Checking This option enables the password check option every time the system boots or the end user runs Setup. If Always is chosen, a user password prompt appears every time the computer is turned on. If Setup is chosen, the password prompt appears if WinBIOS is executed.

  • Page 73: Chipset Setup

    This option must be set to Enabled if the VGA card installed in the system requires a frame buffer. This option sets the size of the VGA frame buffer. The settings are Disabled, 1 MB, 2 MB, or 4 MB. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Chipset Setup, Continued ISA VGA Frame Buf. Base Addr This option automatically sets the base address (or starting point) of the ISA VGA frame buffer according to the size of the VGA frame buffer. ISA IRQ 9 At least one IRQ must be free for each PCI Card in the system. If the PCI Card includes a multifunction device, at least two or more IRQs must be free.

  • Page 75

    PCI bus. The settings are Free or Used. The Optimal and Power-On defaults are Free. PCI VGA Palette Snooping This option must be set to Enabled if any ISA adapter card installed in the system requires VGA palette snooping. The settings are Enabled or Disabled. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 76: Power Management Setup

    Power Management Setup The WinBIOS Setup options described in this section are selected by choosing the appropriate high-level icon from the Power Mgmt Setup screen. Power Mgmt Setup is selected from the Setup section on the WinBIOS Setup main menu (see page 59). All displayed icons are described in this section, although the screen display is often all you need to understand how to set the option.

  • Page 77: Peripheral Setup

    If Manual is selected, the settings chosen by the end user in Peripheral Setup apply. AMIBIOS reports any I/O conflicts after displaying the BIOS Configuration Summary Screen, but only if Manual is chosen. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide the ports are and the two onboard configured as...

  • Page 78

    Peripheral Setup, Continued On-Board Floppy Drive This option enables the use of the floppy drive controller on the motherboard (if installed). The settings are Enabled or Disabled. On-Board IDE Drive This option enables the use of the IDE controller on the motherboard (if installed). The settings are Enabled or Disabled.

  • Page 79

    PCI IDE Host Timing The settings are Slow or Fast. The Fast setting saves one clock on the lead-off cycle of the onboard PCI IDE. The Optimal and Fail-Safe default settings are Slow. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 80

    Peripheral Setup, Continued PCI IDE Prefetch Mode Enabling this option enables this performance enhancement feature on the onboard PCI IDE. IDE data prefetch, when enabled, saves valuable CPU time by taking the data from the IDE drive ahead of the CPU request. The settings are Enabled or Disabled.

  • Page 81: Section 2 Utility

    Hard Disk Drive D: screen in Standard Setup, so you can easily configure drive Color Set sets the WinBIOS Setup screen colors. Language permits you to select a foreign language-specific screen character set. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Chapter 6 WinBIOS Setup...

  • Page 83: Section 3 Security

    Enter a 1 – 6 character password. The password does not appear on the screen when typed. Make sure you write it down. If you forget it, you must drain CMOS RAM and reconfigure the system. If You Do Not Want to Use a Password Just press <Enter> when the password prompt appears. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 84

    Changing a Password Select the Password icon from the Security section of the WinBIOS Setup main menu. Enter the password and press <Enter>. The screen does not display the characters entered. After the new password is entered, retype the new password as prompted and press <Enter>.

  • Page 85

    The following is displayed after any attempt to format any cylinder, head, or sector of any hard disk drive via the BIOS INT 13 Hard Disk Drive Service: Format!!! Possible VIRUS: Continue (Y/N)? _ Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Chapter 6 WinBIOS Setup...

  • Page 87: Section 4 Default

    WinBIOS Setup main menu. The Fail-Safe settings provide far from optimal system performance, but are the most stable settings. Use this option as a diagnostic aid if the system is behaving erratically. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Chapter 6 WinBIOS Setup...

  • Page 89: Appendix A Flash Eprom Programming

    • run the AMIFlash utility. Programming Flash from System Boot Using the floppy disk with the new BIOS file, press and hold down <Ctrl> <Home> to reprogram the Excalibur PCI Pentium motherboard Flash EPROM-based AMIBIOS before DOS boots. Using AMIFlash AMIFlash is a DOS utility that is executed from the DOS command line.

  • Page 90

    The AMIFlash portion of Flash EPROM is not programmed. S701P.ROM S701P.ROM resides on a floppy disk and contains the updated main BIOS code. American Megatrends will provide this file when the AMIBIOS for the Excalibur PCI Pentium motherboard must be updated.

  • Page 91

    EPROM. 8 Continue programming the Flash EPROM. 9 AMIFlash does a reset. 10 Reboot Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Continued Step Expected behavior The system beeps one time before the BIOS attempts to read from floppy drive A:.

  • Page 92

    Reprogramming from System Boot, Beep Codes During normal operation, the Flash utility produces a series of beeps to: • signify completion of a step (as shown on the previous page), or to • signal an error. Error beeps are arranged in a coded sequence and have different meanings depending on when they occur. The following list describes the error beep codes and when they can occur.

  • Page 93

    AMIFlash Checkpoint Codes Code Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Description Verify the AMIFlash BIOS checksum and disable internal cache memory. Make the CMOS RAM checksum bad and initialize the CMOS RAM status registers. Disable DMA Controllers 1 and 2 and Interrupt Controllers 1 and 2.

  • Page 94

    AMIFlash Starting AMIFlash Type AMIFlash and press <Enter> at the DOS prompt. AMIFlash will prompt for the filename. Type S701P.ROM and press <Enter>. Pressing <Esc> exits AMIFlash any time before Flash EPROM reprogramming begins. General Operation If Flash EPROM is present, AMIFlash asks if you want to save the existing BIOS file. If you choose to save the BIOS, enter the filename where the existing BIOS will be saved.

  • Page 95

    ReBoot Want to Continue? Want to Exit (Y/N)? Please Wait.. Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide Explanation Press Y to save the existing BIOS. Enter the filename in which the existing BIOS will be saved in the following format: Drive:\Pathname\Filename.Ext...

  • Page 96: Index

    AMIFlash, Continued Message Put Off System Power No Flash EPROM present Memory Allocation Error File Creation Error File Does Not Exist File I/O Error Disk Full Flash EPROM Programming Error. BIOS File Not Of Proper Size Flash EPROM Programming is going to start Index 8042 - Gate A20 Failure 49...

  • Page 97

    Chipset Setup 68-70 CMOS Display Type Mismatch 50 CMOS RAM 8 CMOS Shutdown Register Read/Write Error 49 CMOS System Options Not Set 50 COM1, COM2 33 Concurrent Operation 6 Configuring System 46 Conflict Resolution 33 Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 98

    Index, Continued Connectors Expansion slots 41 Floppy disk 38 IDE Hard Disk Drive 40 J3 Keyboard Connector 27 J7 Keyboard Connector 27 Keyboard 27 Mouse 28 P1 Serial Port 2 (COM2) 33 P6 Floppy Disk Drive 33 Parallel port 35 Power supply 26 Reset Switch 30 Serial ports 33...

  • Page 99

    Jumpers 15 Keyboard 9, 64 J7 Connector 27 Lock Connector 31 Processor Speed Switching 54 Keyboard Cable Connecting 27 Layout 14 Manufacturing Test Port 47 Memory Installation 19 Installing 19 Memory Configuration 20 Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

  • Page 100

    Index, Continued Memory Test 53 Memory Test Tick Sound 65 Monitor 64 Monitor Low Power Mode 71 Motherboard Installing 24 Motherboard Layout 14 Mouse 9, 28 Mouse Cable Connecting 28 Multiplexing 6 NMI Messages 52 Non-Fatal Error Messages 50 On-Board Floppy Drive 73 On-Board IDE Drive 73 Onboard Adapters 32 P6 Floppy Disk Drive 33...

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    Serial Port Cables Attaching 34 Setup 56 Wait for F1 If Any Error 65 SIMMs 19 Installing 23 Part numbers 22 SMC FDC37C665 11 Speaker Cable Connector 31 Specifications 7 Standard Setup Date 60 Excalibur PCI Pentium ISA Motherboard User's Guide...

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    Index, Continued Switch and Jumper Options 15 System BIOS 9 System Boot Up CPU Speed 66 System Boot Up Num Lock 66 System Overview 1 Tables 16-bit adapter card pinout 43 8-bit adapter card pinout 42 AMIBIOS System Configuration 52 AMIFlash error messages 90 BBS Phone Numbers vii Beep Codes 49...

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